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The Prestidigitation Approximation 

Priya forces Leonard to choose between a relationship with her or a friendship with Penny. A magic trick by Howard has Sheldon fooled.

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Mark Cendrowski

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Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 6 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Aarti Mann ... Priya Koothrappali
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Storyline

Priya and Leonard's relationship has gotten to a serious stage where Leonard is wearing the clothes that she picks out for him and is trying to wear contact lenses on her suggestion, even though he can't see with them on. As his serious girlfriend, Priya asks him for a big favor: to stop being friends with Penny. She feels uncomfortable having one of his ex-girlfriends be such a big part of his life. So later, when Priya asks him if he's "talked" to Penny, he doesn't tell the complete truth. How long can Leonard get away with this little white lie before he really has to make a decision between Priya and Penny, especially as Priya is thinking about relocating to southern California for good? Meanwhile, Howard performs a card trick which confounds his friends. Sheldon states that he doesn't care about the trick, but it's obvious that not knowing how the trick is done is killing him. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Sheldon (Jim Parsons) recounts how, as a child, he was in trouble with Homeland Security after purchasing uranium to use it to make electricity. The events of this incident are seen in Young Sheldon (2017), episode 1.2, Young Sheldon: Rockets, Communists, and the Dewey Decimal System (2017). See more »

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In the last scene Howard pulls out a deck of cards to play the "magic" trick on Sheldon again. When Howard pulls out the deck of cards you can briefly see the very bottom card is a two of hearts. However, when Sheldon picks out a random card from the middle of the deck, it turns out to be the two of hearts. Not only is this a continuity mistake, but it also implies that they had a deck full of two of hearts cards. See more »

Quotes

Leonard Hofstadter: What's up with the infrared cameras?
Sheldon Cooper: I'm measuring residual heat levels on the playing cards to determine which ones have been touched. By the way, if you hope to have children, I suggest you switch from briefs to boxers. Your testicles look a tad warm.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #335

We tell ourselves stories. We weave together different plot lines, wondering if the outcome of the story might be different were we to have done or said something other than what we had done or said, all the while knowing that the various alternative outcomes are just more stories - fictions meant to distract us from what's actually happening. And so we pause from weaving and commence breathing, gently and non-judgmentally saying hello to what is...

Oy vey. See more »

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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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History of Everything
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Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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"The Prestidigitation Approximation" is another pretty funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
2 November 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In this last season ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Priya seems to be enough of an influence on Leonard to get him to wear contacts even though they make him bump into things. Meanwhile, Howard plays a magic card trick in front of Sheldon who doesn't believe him and tries to figure out how he does it. Anyway, about Priya, she has noticed that Penny still hangs with the gang especially ex-boyfriend Leonard and wants him to stop seeing her. Will Leonard be able to do it? I'll stop there and just say this was another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" especially whenever Sheldon uses his smarts in trying to figure out Howard's trick. Of course, if he really knew Howard and Raj, it probably would have been obvious to him...


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Language:

English

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10 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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